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In fact, the bands frequently write songs about each other, often ironically. The Dandys penned "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" in response to Newcombe's heroin addiction. BJM responded with "Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth." The lead single from Welcome to the Monkey House included "We Used to Be Friends," a moody synth-led number that mulls over the years that Taylor-Taylor and Newcombe weren't on speaking terms.
Though it seems everyone involved dislikes the hype and what they say is misrepresentation in the film and would like to move on, both bands continue to joke about what made their careers so notorious. I met Newcombe and Taylor-Taylor within weeks of each other's tours through Arizona in 2012 and, without prompting, both musicians brought up the documentary and their supposed "falling out." In reality, things are amiable, and this year's Austin Psych Fest will be the first time in years that BJM and The Dandy Warhols will share a stage.
"We're playing different nights. We'll try to get to each other's gigs, and if that's do-able, then we may try to jam one out," Taylor-Taylor says. "It's always nice to hook up on the rare occasion we're in the same town, but you're right in that it's been a decade since we played a tune together."
The good news is, with such a diverse catalog, the Dandy Warhols are the perfect band for carrying one through every intoxicating high, every brutal comedown, every stretch of ennui, and every white-knuckled spell of despair. The great news is they haven't lost steam yet. Here's to another 20 years.